While snow can be beautiful and fun, it can also pose some serious challenges and dangers for us here in Salt Lake City. How can you prepare your home for a snowstorm and stay safe and cozy during a winter emergency? In this blog post, we will share some tips on how to weatherproof, heat, light, and enjoy your home during a snowstorm.
Tip # 1: Weatherproof your home. Before the storm hits, make sure your home is well-insulated and sealed to prevent heat loss and water damage. You can insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls, caulk and weather-strip doors and windows, insulate walls and attic, and install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
Tip # 2: Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Also refer to SLC's guideline on wood burning.
Keep them away from any flammable materials, and make sure they are properly vented to the outside. Do not use your stove or oven for heating, as this can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Have some extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats handy in case the power goes out.
Tip # 3: Light your home safely. If there is a power outage, use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible. Candles can lead to house fires, especially if left unattended. If you do use candles, place them in sturdy holders and keep them away from curtains, furniture, and pets. Do not use generators, grills, or camp stoves indoors, as they can also produce carbon monoxide.
Tip # 4: Stay informed and prepared. Listen to local radio or TV stations for weather updates and emergency instructions. Have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio in case of power failure. Have an emergency kit ready with water, food, medications, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and other essentials. Know how to shut off water, gas, and electricity in your home in case of a leak or fire.
Tip # 5: Stay safe outdoors. If you have to go outside, dress warmly in layers and wear a hat, gloves, and waterproof boots. Avoid overexertion and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Keep your pets indoors or provide them with adequate shelter and water. Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary, and if you do, keep your gas tank full and your car stocked with emergency supplies. Watch out for downed power lines, icy roads, and falling branches.
I hope these tips are useful and informative. Keep safe everyone.